Singapore’s design scene is an eclectic and fast-growing one. As a crop of newer independent interiors labels spring up, it’s exciting to witness the fresh and vibrant ideas they bring to the table. From artisanal homeware to creative textiles, these local design brands have carved out a distinct space of their own in the scene, cementing themselves as the ones to look out for in coming years.
From Eloise the Brand comes elegant furniture carved from natural stone that will elevate any space, while Césama Home’s beautiful bamboo and rattan pieces stylishly incorporate nature into the home with rustic charm. Look to the beautiful works of pottery from &natural and Omelet Trees Studio for one-of-a-kind ceramic centrepieces, or go for some practical and sustainable homeware from Bulbul. There’s also bedding brand Annette with plush linen and Tencel Lyocell sheets that promise a luxurious night’s rest, as well as Tanchen Studio which produces some of the most unique textile works around.
With Christmas right around the corner, consider picking out a stylish gift from one of these independent studios for the festive season. Whether it’s a thoughtful present for someone else or a year-end gift to yourself, there’s something for everyone.
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From rugs that capture the contours and colours of the desert to vibrant coasters hand-dyed and handwoven, Tanchen Studio produces some of the most creative textile works around. With a focus on new materials and tactility, their pieces are works of functional art that will add personality to any living space. For a unique Christmas gift, their hand-knotted 0/0 Wine Bags take on the outline of any object it holds—making for both a bold fashion statement and a stylish decor piece.
Available at tanchenstudio.com
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Omelet Trees Studio
Created by husband-and-wife duo Nigel and Sarah, Omelet Trees Studio represents an oasis of slow-making amidst our bustling lives. Here, find wheel-thrown and handbuilt ceramics, each piece carefully made by hand and completely one-of-a-kind. Besides your usual tableware and pottery, the studio also produces some lovely decorative pieces that make for great gifts—from charming miniature houses that hold tea lights to tiny ceramic accessories that will leave you marvelling at their intricate details.
Available at omelettrees.com
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With modern and thoughtful designs, Bulbul’s homeware makes for a chic addition to any home. What makes the pieces truly stand out, however, are the materials they are crafted from. The brand’s Diatomite homeware collection makes use of a material that deodorises and absorbs moisture, while their Husk homeware collection upcycles rice husks—byproducts of the food manufacturing industry that would otherwise go to waste—to create durable pieces with beautiful natural texture.
Available at bulbul.sg
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Eloise the Brand
What started out as a curator of modern ceramics has transformed into a brand designing gorgeous natural stone furniture and beautifully sculpted homeware of its own. At Eloise the Brand, you’ll find pieces that are as elegant as they are unique. In a bid to reduce material waste, the label also makes use of leftover stone to create select pieces, giving these materials a second lease of life. As a gift for the festive season, consider the Palette/Palate set, a two-piece tableware set inspired by Japanese culinary traditions. There’s also the Shelfie Kit, consisting of a Driftwood trinket dish with textures that resemble wood washed ashore, along with a ceramic Cera vessel that emulates the natural veining of white marble.
Available at eloisethebrand.com
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Natural materials meet fine craftsmanship in Césama Home’s collection of furniture and decor. With the aim of stylishly integrating nature into the home, materials such as bamboo, rattan, wood, terracotta and stone feature prominently in the brand’s designs—each piece carefully designed while keeping sustainability in mind. The Bamboo Siji Lantern, in particular, is a versatile piece that lends a rustic charm to any space. Pair it with an LED candle and see its intricate frame create a beautiful dimension when lit, or use it as a modern vessel to house a floral arrangement.
Available at cesamahome.com
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For sheets that are a luxury to sleep on, head to Annette. Born out of a love for mindfully furnished homes, the homegrown bedding and lifestyle brand produces plush sheets made of linen and Tencel Lyocell. Breathable and hypoallergenic, these sheets are soft to the touch and available in a range of beautiful muted colours. With sustainability at the heart of the brand, you can also be sure that their products will stand the test of time.
Available at homewithannette.com
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At &natural, gorgeous works of handcrafted pottery celebrate the relationship between people and nature. From intricate carvings that mimic wood grain to handles that resemble tree branches, the pieces reflect the beauty of the earth in a multitude of ways. And in the same way no two things in nature are the same, each ceramic piece here comes with its own unique character and details.
Available at andnatural.com